Gaz Top/Gareth Jones was a massive influence on all of us here at Arcade Attack when we were kids. His stellar work on Get Fresh and How 2 in particular, shaped the way we thought about the world. He also worked on GamePad with his other half (also legend) Violet Berlin.
So we were absolutely stoked when he relented to Adrian’s advances and agreed to be the first celebrity to do a lovely Q&A for us. Gareth is currently starring in Caryl & The Others on S4C as well as the popular Gareth Jones On Speed. You can read more about him on his official page www.garethjones.tv
Question 1 –
Pivotal, Violet was instrumental in encouraging to direct the whole series which was the first time I’d had the job at the very top of the programme. In doing so I learned a great deal about making television which has kept me in work for the last 10 years and I learned a fair bit about gaming in the process.
Question 2 –
Not exactly, Violet had presented a gaming show called Game Spot on Bravo. It was a re-
Question 3 –
Violet really, really knew a great deal about gaming back then, and she’s a smart cookie, so the whole culture of GamePad was essentially Violet’s mind-
Question 4 –
Yes, we were disappointed because we already had plans for what the next series would involve (Violet is a very good planner) however being responsible for EVERYTHING on a production requires lots of time at work, we had 2 very young children at the time, so in some ways we were actually relieved when GamePad didn’t happen, we had an inkling that it might vanish because Bravo had just engaged a new programme commissioner who wanted to make her mark with new ideas that she had brought to the station rather than the re-
I got into gaming in the late 80s through my job as a children’s TV presenter, I wasn’t really a gamer before that, although my father had a TV and radio shop when I was growing up and I remember him bringing something like Pong home for me to play in about nineteen-
Question 6 –
Drop 7, I play it on my phone every day, I love its trance-
Question 7 –
I got into gaming via the Game Gear and the Amiga, so I feel a slight allegiance to those brands. I know this is controversial, but I’ve always thought Nintendo were deeply uncool, far too cute for my rock ‘n roll sensibilities.
Question 8 –
See answer 6.
Question 9 –
I have no idea, we are not actually married (ooops! – Ed)! But we have lived together since 1999 and have 2 teenage children, so I guess we are stuck with each other now, you know like Ratchet & Clank. Violet doesn’t have much time for playing game these days, apart from those she writes, and she usually gets our children to test them.
Question 10 –
We’ve not played games together for a long time now, when we did Violet would usually beat me, unless it was a driving game when I’d win, that was my speciality.
Violet & I had written a format for a children’s programme called Try This which we submitted it to ITV –
Question 12 –
Nope, not at the moment –
Question 13 –
Yes, but it would have to be a truly original take on the subject, give it to Charlie Brooker then it would be entertaining.
Question 14 –
If I’m being honest (and I always am) from the position I am in right now my view of the gaming industry is quite distant, ask me about cars, or rockets, Wales or Slade and I could talk all day, all week, all month.
Question 15 –
Alongside appearing on a Welsh-